Omega Grant Awarded to Kingston Land Trust

The Kingston Land Trust is on of 29 area non-profits selected to participate in a special organizational retreat at the Omega Institute Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, N.Y. The Omega In Service Grant allows key executives of the Kingston Land Trust to set goals and develop strategies in a relaxed yet focused setting.

“We pleased that the Omega Institute awarded this grant,” said Arthur Zaczkiewicz, executive director of the Kingston Land Trust. “It comes at a time when our organization is growing, and evolving. We welcome the opportunity to brainstorm, set long- and short- term goals and develop strategies that are in-tune with our mission of conservation and community gardening.”

The retreat is timed on Omega’s Service Week, which runs May 25 to May 29. The Kingston Land Trust will participate in a two-day session.

“Omega Institute’s visionary Service Week event helps nonprofits meet two levels of need,” said Tim Delaney, chief executive officer of the National Council of Nonprofits. “At the organizational level, these unique grants help strengthen the technical ability of nonprofits to meet operational needs, plus at the human level the grants provide valued community leaders a safe space to learn from each other, thereby reminding them that in the midst of the many challenges facing us today, we are not alone.”

During Service Week, each organization creates and leads its own program. In the past, grantee organizations have utilized the time to develop strategic plans, cultivate relationships among their board members and with other grantees on campus, re-engage with their mission statements, heal organizational rifts, deepen staff cooperation, and enjoy some much needed peace and relaxation.

Other non-profits attending the retreat include: Battered Women’s Resource Center; Common Justice; Earthjustice – Northeast Office; Girls Write Now; Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County; NY Youth At Risk; Planned Parenthood; Sustainable Hudson Valley; and U.S. Human Rights Network; among others.

For more information about Omega’s annual Service Week event and the Omega In Service grant program, please contact Marta Szabo, at 845.266.4444, ext. 229 or by email at MartaS@eomega.org.

About Omega Institute for Holistic Studies:

Founded in 1977, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is the nation’s most trusted source for wellness and personal growth. As a nonprofit organization, Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Located on 195 acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega welcomes more than 23,000 people to its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York and at exceptional locations around the world. eOmega.org

About the Kingston Land Trust:

The Kingston Land Trust is a non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas, and forests in the City of Kingston and the surrounding region to include the Town of Ulster and the Town of Kingston. Our mission includes developing community gardens in public spaces, parks and schools, which fosters a connection between people and the Earth. The Kingston Community Garden initiative is led by Rebecca Martin, director of the land trust. For more information, see www.kingstonlandtrust.org.

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